Monday, January 7, 2008

The Anniversary Trip

Thanks to both my parents and Rose's parents, Rose and I were able to go on a two day adventure up to the mountains for our anniversary. I spent hours looking for the perfect place to stay that would also allow us to get up into the snow. I found an awesome BnB in Parkdale and thought we could just go tubing after our night stay there.

Parkdale is about 20 minutes south of Hood River, towards Mt. Hood. At about 2100 feet, Mary (our host) said they have snow almost throughout all of December through spring break. Old Parkdale Inn was a great place. We went on a walk in the snow, walked to dinner across the street, and watched 2 movies. We had made plans to go to Skibowl and go tubing on their "upper and extreme hills." Snowboarding was too expensive since we didn't have any gear and tubing is always fun. About 20 minutes from Government Camp we hit the "chains required" sign and pulled off to put them on. I had borrowed some from my dad. Well dumb me thought they would work just fine...my dad did too. But..........they didn't. They were too small. I even took two links off and they were still too small. On to plan B. I knew that Cooper Spur wasn't too far from where we were chaining up. So we turned around and went up there. I knew they had tubing there, but little did I know how lame it would be. Sure if you have five year olds that you want to take skiiing or tubing, Cooper Spur is a great place. But for Rose and I it was a waste of $20 to go on probably 10 tube runs on their "extreme" hill that was basically a joke. At least it was snowing the whole time.
From there we trekked back down to Hood River and got coffee and candy for the ride home. As you can see I was dressed for the occasion and quite happy about our awesome tubing time.

We came home and went to Red Lobster for dinner. Thanks to my Minnesota grandparents for that one :).

And then we shared in one of the weirdest traditions I had never heard of until I got married. Eating one year old cake. It had been frozen for a year and thawing in the fridge for a week....and it actually tasted pretty good. Good job April.
All in all, a great weekend. First time away from home we had, outside of holidays, since August. Rose really needed the RnR at the BnB and of course the snow was AMAZING.



How was your weekend?

4 comments:

GodSide said...

Glad you had a good time.

I LOVE Red Lobster! Seriously...cheesy biscuits, raspberry lemonade and popcorn shrimp! MMMmmmm

I had a GREAT weekend. I won the POKER game you missed out on. Very fun.

colorwheel said...

We're so glad you guys had an awesome weekend. Wonderful pictures!

mirandita said...

if you can fork out the money initially, go to schwab's and get chains for your car for any over-the-mountains kind of trip. if you don't use them, you can return them for your money back. if you do, then you have chains that fit your car.

trevor said...

hey by the way... how was that trip, I forgot to ask you, I was a little jealous and all that I was sitting at home doing nothing while you were in the mountains but then again, I'll have a first anniversary someday too.